Delonte West Drops Out Of D-League Team, NBA Career In Jeopardy
Former NBA guard Delonte West may have ended his basketball career prematurely... after pulling out of his contract with D-League team, the Texas Legends.
According to NBA.com, the troubled combo guard has decided not to play in the D-League, which are affiliates of the Dallas Mavericks... against the advisement of his representation. A source said that NBA teams have been reluctant to bring in West, even on a 10-day contract, until he gets back on the court and they see him play.... so, by dropping out, it may been a while, if at all, we see him in an NBA uniform again.
The 29-year-old West's career was derailed after he was arrested in 2009 on gun charges while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since then, he's played, briefly, with the Boston Celtics and later, during the 2011-12 season, with the Mavs on a veteran minimum, one-year contract.
West would go on to sign another one-year deal to return to Dallas this season. However, twice during training camp, the team suspended him for conduct it deemed detrimental to the team and they waived him just days before the start of the season.
He later joined the D-League Legends with hopes that he could earn a spot on the Dallas roster again. However, last Friday night (February 1), Mavs owner Mark Cuban made it clear that he had no intention of bringing back West.